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EC issues show cause notice to Sakshi Maharaj

NEW DELHI, Jan 10: The Election Commission has issued a notice to BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj to show cause why action should not be taken against him for his controversial remarks indirectly blaming Muslims for the population growth, holding that prima facie he has violated the model code of conduct.
Sakshi Maharaj has been given time till tomorrow morning to file his reply to the notice.
The EC action comes two days after he was booked by police for allegedly hurting religious feelings, days after Supreme Court outlawed seeking votes in the name of religion or caste.
The EC in the notice issued last night said prima facie the MP from Unnao in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh has violated the model code which came into force on January 4 following announcement of assembly polls in five states, including Uttar Pradesh.
It said read in entirety, his remarks “have effect of promoting enmity between classes of society…” Maharaj while acknowledging that he received the notice today indicated he needed more time to respond to it and claimed that he had not said anything for which he was liable to be served the notice.
“I haven’t said anything for which I am liable to be served the notice. Neither did I ask for votes, nor did I say anything which conveys so. I didn’t name any community. I only said that the population growth rate should be restricted in the country. Why should any particular community relate to my comments?”
Sakshi Maharaj said he received the notice only today and that too in English. (PTI)

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